Winamp was a tiny little MP3 player application. The nerd that created it sold tiny little licenses. Basically, it didn't do much more than help defray some costs but at least you got a regcode and the satisfaction of helping Nullsoft succeed.
Then AOL bought them. And, the thing that *really* burned me, aside from the bloated software and higher pricing, was the loss of my regcode. My cachet, so to speak, of being an early adopter. I was there. I helped. My brick is in that wall. And Justin sold the building and threw the brick in the garbage.
Lost in your pseudo-analysis is the manner in which airlines meet the price point demands: charging fee upon fee for extras or slight increases in comfort are how they make ridiculous profits for a select few.
Pilots and crew do not make incredible dollars. Flight line sure doesn't. ATC, nope. Gate staff, nope. Yet, subsidy dollars keep flowing their way. Where's the money going?
It sure isn't going into a positive flight experience. Seats are cramped, service is diminished, and we're saddled with security theater that forces flyers to buy overpriced water at Hudson News. There's a racket going on for sure, but it's not driven by customer demand for poor treatment.
Nothing happened to the pharmas involved. Going after the doctors would be consistent if and only if the pharmas were punished, which they were not. In fact, I'd prefer to see the doctors used to prosecute the pharmas; I'd offer them full immunity if it helped punish the machines promulgating this fraud in the first place.
I think it's either misunderstanding or an act of disingenuous misunderstanding, but no one should be confused about Google's "openess" with Android. Google makes it free to use/ simple to license, but it doesn't mean the OS remains unencumbered once implemented on hardware. People are either intentionally confusing this to dirty up Google, or don't understand how to read. There's no third choice in 2011 since Android has been around three years now.
People are also forgetting that Verizon is an ILEC, and the most successful and vicious child of the AT&T breakup by far. Not too surprising since it was formed out of AT&T's old research region (NY/NJ); this is the company that rolled out CallerID, then anonymous calling,, *then* de-anonymizing CallerID. They created an arms race in their own ecosystem! This is the same company that gladly leases phones to its ratepayers. Who really thinks Verizon and VZW aren't in this *solely* for the money? People, they forgot more about nickel-and-diming than you will ever know.
Hey, when they give back the Spanish-American war tax money, we'll talk again.
What's more humane, saving your neighbors or saving anonymous Libyans? Which group is more likely to help you in time of need?
Let's put this in perspective. Saudis have more disposable income than you. What are *they* doing for *their* neighbors?
I'd rather have the US assassinating Mexican drug lords than Libyans. College kids will come out in droves at the polls for you, and maybe staying home will be a viable option for more than a few illegal immigrants.
I understand it, but it still rubs me the wrong way. The cop was clearly being baited; no one goes out armed, in public, and also happens to be recording the events unless that person expects trouble. Again, I understand, but provocation still doesn't make it feel any less shitty.
I love the numbers on that. The Dust Brothers have never been able to create something as richly-textured as that since 1989, largely because sampling had been demonized. The analysis just makes it concrete. Once again, another reason to do harm to the music industry.